Thursday, January 1, 2009
Dawkins leads Lamar to 8-3; Memphis Jan. 3
Reported by Lamar University
From the opening tip when Huston-Tillotson dropped five into its own backcourt and conceded to play defense, Lamar controlled the game from start to finish in a 106-65 home win at the Montagne Center in Beaumont, Texas, on December 20.
About the only drama came late in the game when Kenny Dawkins was approaching a triple double - something only accomplished at Lamar by Lamar Sanders (of Hickory Flat) two seasons ago. Instead Dawkins, a 5’9” senior guard from Holly Springs, finished the game with 23 points, a career-high 10 assists, seven rebounds and six steals.
Lamar (8-3) had six players reach double figures in scoring, including all five starters. Brandon McThay had 18 points, Ashton Hall had a breakout game with a career-high 17 points, while Jay Brown and Anthony Miles added 15 and 12, respectively. Brown posted his second double-double of the year with 13 rebounds.
HTU scored the first basket of the game on a D’mond Grismore bucket and didn’t find the scoring column again for nearly five minutes, during which Lamar went on a 19-0 run. LU made eight of its first 12 shots with assists on seven of them.
The Cardinals used an 8-0 later in the period and led 32-10 with 8:33 left in the half. LU led by as many as 28 and took a 56-29 lead into the locker room.
Lamar had an 11-0 stretch in the second half and held its largest lead at 100-52 with 2:38 remaining.
Not only did the Cardinals score 106 points - the most this year, they shot a season-high 56 percent from the floor and handed out a season-best 25 assists opposite just nine turnovers.
The LU defense was equally impressive, holding HTU to 20 points below its average, while grabbing 14 steals off 19 Ram turnovers.
Lamar was off for the Christmas holiday and returned home to face St. Gregory’s on Monday, Dec. 29. Dawkins and the Cardinals will be in Memphis this Saturday night to face the Tigers. Tipoff at the FedEx Forum is set for 7:05 p.m. The matchup is scheduled to be televised by CSS.
Through the first 11 games, Dawkins is Lamar’s leading scorer, averaging 16.9 points per game.
Another former Holly High Hawk, 6’6” Justin Nabors, is also a Lamar Cardinal. He is redshirting this season due to an injury. As a junior for Lamar, he averaged 11.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
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